drives

Fri
27
Jan
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Explained: How to Defrag a Network Drive (NAS or Remote PC)

Infopackets Reader Ron C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have several drives on my network that I'd like to defrag, but none of the defrag software programs I've tried allow me to defrag a network drive. Any suggestions on how to defrag a network drive, ... or a program that can provide this functionality? " My response: The reason you can't find a program to defrag a network drive is because this is not possible - the easiest way to explain "why" is that the remote drives are owned by another operating system. Simply put: your system does not have permission to move these files around. With ... (view more)

Fri
30
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk' Error (RAID)

Infopackets Reader Phil P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have installed Windows 10 32 bit and now I am trying to upgrade to Windows 10 64 bit using the clean install method. Since I'm installing Windows 10 from scratch, I am also going to upgrade my C ... drive performance using 2 x 2TB hard drives (for a total of 4 TB usable data) in RAID 0 configuration . The problem is that when I try to install Windows onto my RAID, it tells me that 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer' ... (view more)

Fri
19
Dec
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Why you Should Not Rely on a Disk Clone as a Backup

Infopackets Reader 'Mike' writes: " Dear Dennis, [Regarding your post about the TorrentLocker Ransomware virus , I would like to hire you to help me set up a backup on my system to help keep me protected against such threats. As for my question, I ... have a Windows 7 Lenovo desktop with a 1 TB internal hard drive] ... I want to clone my internal hard drive to an external hard drive , maybe once a week. I then want to reverse clone the hard drives [in case I get hit with a virus like TorrentLocker] ... It seems intuitive that [when I clone the hard drive for backup, that] both hard drives should ... (view more)

Mon
03
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Build an External HD?

Infopackets Reader John R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a question regarding how to make a custom built external 2.5 inch USB hard drive (similar to the Western Digital My Passport drive). First, can you tell me: do external USB hard drives operate ... similar to 3.5 inch hard drives found in PCs? Also, are 2.5 inch hard drives just as reliable as the 3.5 inch desktop PC hard drives? Lastly, do you have any recommendations for external 2.5 inch hard drive enclosures? " My Response: For what it's worth, the Western Digital MyPasport hard drive is a solid unit (I own the 2TB model ), but it tends ... (view more)

Mon
20
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Repair Windows Dual Boot, Multi-boot?

Infopackets Reader 'Sprenger' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have four hard drives in my PC and four different operating systems. My main hard drive has Windows XP, then my second drive has Vista Ultimate, the third has Windows 7 Ultimate, and the fourth ... has Windows 8.1. I want to get rid of the Windows XP drive, but if I disconnect it, none of my other hard drives will boot. What should I do? I prefer to have Windows 7 as the default operating system. I want to avoid formatting all my hard drives just to get them working again. Any suggestions? " My Response: It sounds like your Windows XP drive ... (view more)

Mon
04
Aug
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Researchers: Avoid Using USB Flash Drives

A new report suggests that most USB flash drives (also known as thumb drives) have a critical security weakness that allows them to be reconfigured, giving hackers an opportunity to silently infect targeted computer systems with malware . The report ... comes from Germany's Security Research Labs, which says that most companies making USB flash drives fail to protect the firmware installed on their devices. That means attackers could easily hack and replace the firmware with a malicious version of the firmware, which is then capable of delivering a payload onto a victim's PC - usually with ... (view more)

Fri
19
Jul
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Samsung's Blazing-Fast 1TB SSD Coming Soon

Samsung Electronics says it's planning to release an entirely new range of solid state drives this August. According to the firm, the new drives will not only be faster, but they'll also include much higher storage capacities. A solid state drive ... (or SSD) is different than your typical hard drive (HD). It includes no actual "disk" or internal motors -- in effect, such devices include no moving parts. By comparison, traditional, electromechanical hard drives usually include spinning disks. SSDs Better Than HDs, But Pricy SSDs use a series of integrated circuit assemblies to store data. This ... (view more)

Wed
21
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

4 Days Only: Amazon Black Friday Deals: up to 70% Off

Note from Dennis: further down this article you'll find a quick-and-dirty list of items of the best Black Friday deals I've found online. The list is conveniently presented in ascending order according to discount markup. Proceeds help to support ... our website, staff and writers. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated! You can go straight to the discount list by clicking here , or continue reading below. Happy Thanksgiving! -- Thanksgiving is officially upon us, which means there's going to be a ton of great deals being offered online as a result of the Holiday season -- deals like ... (view more)

Tue
09
Oct
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'USB Flash Drives Control 3.2', and 'Color Archiver 2.3'

USB Flash Drives Control 3.2 USB Flash Drives Control is a small and easy-to-use free utility program that runs in the Windows system tray, next to the system clock. It allows users to block USB drives from performing certain functions. For example, ... users can set the software to block executable files, to control the ability to save files, or simply block USB drive functions altogether. This program adds a unique and useful element to system security by preventing unauthorized people from inserting a USB drive in your computer. http://www.binisoft.org Color Archiver 2.3 Color Archiver is a ... (view more)

Tue
19
Jun
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'Edraw MindMap 6.5', and 'Drives Monitor 9.5'

Edraw MindMap 6.5 Edraw MindMap is a vector-based mind mapping program that makes it easy to create brain-storming diagrams, project timelines, and sketch maps. With this free, simple Edraw MindMap software you can use your computer's power to ... visualize your thinking, then quickly arrange and organize your work. http://www.edrawsoft.com Drives Monitor 9.5 Drives Monitor helps computer users see the physical activity of their computer's disk drives. For each physical disk in your system, this free software displays important information, including the drive's active time, the number of bytes ... (view more)

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